When it was announced last week that Christopher Meloni, formerly of Law & Order: SVU and Wet Hot American Summer, had signed on for the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Superman flick Man of Steel, Russ couldn’t help speculating what this might mean for the movie — and wondering whether Meloni might be filling the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White. Now it seems we have our answer: No. Sorry, Russ. Find out what Meloni will be doing after the jump.

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Julia Ormond in Talks For ‘The Man of Steel’

Briefly: Zack Snyder has already got his cast to play Clark Kent’s adoptive Earthly parents in his new Superman tale, The Man of Steel. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will be Ma and Pa Kent to Henry Cavill‘s Clark. But in his prior life on Krypton, Clark — aka Kal-el — has a set of ‘real’ parents. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor-El, famously played by Marlon Brando when Richard Donner brought the story to the screen in 1978.

Now Julia Ormond is in talks to play Lara Lor-Van, aka Superman’s mom. (Susannah York played the role, often just referred to as Lara, in Superman: The Movie.) Deadline suggests that this is a deal that will come together quickly.

Last month, it was rumored that Michael Shannon was in talks to play a villain role in Zack Snyder‘s new Superman: Man of Steel. Today Warner Bros has officially announced that Shannon has signed on to star in the film, as Kryptonian villain Zod. Read More »

A few years back when George Miller was developing a Justice League film he cast it with actors that had no ties to other DC comics movies. Granted, there were fewer DC movies then, but that Justice League wouldn’t have featured Brandon Routh as Superman or Christian Bale as Batman. If it had been made, Superman would have been played by D.J. Cotrona while Armie Hammer would have been Batman.

We’ve been hearing now that new WB president Jeff Robinov wants to have a Justice League film in theaters for 2013, and with the scarce information available we’ve assumed that the George Miller approach had been abandoned in favor of Marvel’s development path for The Avengers. In other words, we thought that Henry Cavill would be Superman, Ryan Reynolds would be Green Lantern, and so forth. But now Superman director Zack Snyder says that isn’t the case. Read More »

Rumors have been circulating for a while now about which actress would win the role of Lois Lane in Zack Snyder‘s Superman. Back in February, reports named Kristen Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Dianna Agron, Malin Akerman, Olivia Wilde, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and either Kristen Bell or Lake Bell as being among the actresses up for the part — yes, it was one of those roles, where it seems like every young actress is rumored at one point or other.

The part has finally been cast, and it’s a name that I don’t think has come up much before: three-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams. Read more after the jump.

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crazies-final-smallIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley try to figure out what Kevin Smith was going for in Cop Out, assess the career of David Goyer, and shower praise on Triangle, The Last Airbender, and the Muppet movies. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com.

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SupermanIf it was up to Superman Returns title star Brandon Routh, Warner Bros would have kept the Justice League movie in a jar for a few more years. Routh, who admits that he was never approached by the studio to be part of the now defunct JLA feature film tells Collider that the timing was off.

“I think we’ve been doing a great job representing Superman and Batman and there is definitely a time and place for the Justice League movie. I kinda think that now isn’t that time.”

As for the question everyone is asking, when will Superman fly again?

“I trust that we’ll be shooting Man of Steel early next year.”

Brandon Routh’s new movie Lie to Me will premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 26th.

Angry SupermanThomas Tull, founder, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures (the company behind Batman Begins, Superman Returns and 300), told Hamilton students on April 17 that the Superman Returns sequel, Superman: Man of Steel, will present Superman as more of “an angry god”.

I wonder what that possibly could mean? Obviously they aren’t going to completely reinvent the character like Mark Millar did in Red Son, a mini series which showed what would have happened if Superman’s rocket ship landed on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas. You can probably guess the result. Superman Returns presented a more EMO Superman. Maybe Man of Steel will have a Superman who begins to make irrational emotion-based decisions, throwing cars around out of anger, which will paint him as an Angry God in The Daily Planet?

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Some major developments for the sequel to Superman Returns, tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel, hit the web today in quick succession. First, IESB reports that they’ve received “100%” confirmation that Bryan Singer will return to direct the flick and they’ve also heard that writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek) are in major talks to replace Returns scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.

And then, later today Empire actually chatted with Singer, who not only confirmed his “intent” to direct, but once again defended Returns‘ poor critical, fanboy and box office reception, while playing up action in the sequel…

“That movie made $400 million!” Singer says to Empire. “I don’t know what constitutes under-performing these days…Look, I can understand, I suppose, what some people mean. Perhaps some people went in with the expectation of it being like an X-Men film, and Superman is a tougher character than that. Especially bringing him back. It really goes back to the fact that you can only please some of the people some of the time. But, yes, I’m just getting back with writers after the strike. We’re just in the development phase. I’m starting to develop a sequel…with the intention of directing it.”

He goes on to jokingly jab at female fans who went ga-ga over Superman Returns, while mentioning the sequel’s upped stakes…

“The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film,” he says. “I’ll be the first person to own up to that without making any apologies for it. I knew it was going to be that from the outset. And now that the characters are established, there’s really an opportunity to up the threat levels…Clearly there’ll be a body count [laughs]. From frame one, it will be unrelenting terror! All those teenage girls who found the movie and mooned over James Marsden or Brandon? Well, I’m going to wake them up!”

I’m moderately surprised that Warner Bros. is going ahead with a sequel rather than scrapping it and revamping the character once again a la The Incredible Hulk or Punisher: War Zone. Not to sound like a smirk jerk, but the first film, which cost $200 million (I’ll still add an ! to that), totally blew it in my opinion and was basically one of the largest pet-projects ever. A Superman movie should reign supreme over all comic book films in terms of epic-ness, scope, special effects and box office, but even if Man of Steel boasts more action, it’ll still be difficult to get stoked after the first faux-weepy, overly nostalgic bummer.

Update (2 a.m. EST): CHUD reports that writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are definitely not attached to pen the Man of Steel screenplay.

Discuss: Can Singer knock a sequel out of the park? Moreover was the only complaint about the first film merely action-related?

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Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh Off Superman Sequel?

A sequel to Superman Returns has been in limbo since the beginning. Warner Bros was unhappy with how the film performed, and fans were unhappy with the lack of action and unnecessary out-of-canon third act plot twist. But director Bryan Singer showed up at Comic Con expressing his desire to make a sequel that would give the fans what they wanted. Warner later announced that Superman: Man of Steel was given the official go-ahead, and a June 2009 release date was touted. Then Singer got distracted by the Tom Cruise WWII film, and a Justice League movie appeared seemingly out of nowhere.

Variety’s Anne Thompson wrote a blog post last week which I quickly dismissed as an opinion piece. But I’ve since been told that the comments were more fact based than opinion. So here are Anne’s comments about the current state of the Superman sequel, Justice League and third Batman film:

“Speaking of DC Comics pics, it is highly unlikely that Bryan Singer will return to shoot the next Superman movie. (The director is finishing up Tom Cruise’s Nazi film Valkyrie, and prepping The Mayor of Castro Street). The next Superman we will see on the big screen will not be Brandon Routh, but a younger Superman among a cast of youthful superheroes in The Justice League. That movie will likely not be shot, however, until after the WGA strike is resolved. Warners is so happy with Dark Knight that their fondest hope is that Nolan will return to do another Batman.”

Warner appears to want to do a total reboot with the DC comic line-up, aside from their successful Batman franchise. So it sounds to me like Routh might also be out as Superman (ie read: MY SPECULATION, not Anne’s), which is a shame considering he didn’t do a bad job. Plus, why bring Singer’s extra baggage on for Justice and the sequel? It’s bad enough that they’ll have two Batmans to market.

And while I love Singer, and wish he would return for Man of Steel, I must admit it’s a smart move by the Warner execs to cast a new Superman for Justice League. They’re planning for a franchise. They want a young star who can take on a trilogy or two.

But Warner Bros doesn’t understand is that fans don’t want the teen titans. They don’t want more-cartoony. But this appears to be the direction they are heading towards. I’m convinced that fans want dark and edgy, real but tounge firmly in cheek, action packed but with a dramatic backbone. Why can’t the studios look back at how the former comic book movie franchises fell, and see that this is the wrong move to make? Maybe because while most everyone I’ve talked to hated Spider-Man 3, it is still the 12th highest grossing film of all time. And with statisics like that floating around, executives are likely to believe that fans want things like multiple villains and corny dance sequences in Jazz clubs.

And it’s a shame because I think Singer could have made an incredible Superman sequel if he was given the space. But that film, we might never ever see.